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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5824


Senator ABETZ (7:48 PM) —Can I thank the crossbenchers—the Greens and Senator Xenophon—for their support. It makes me think that I should sit down and quit whilst I am ahead, because getting the Greens to agree with something that I am proposing is radical in itself. I do not want to push my luck too far. I would say to the minister that I can, to a certain extent, understand his argument. However, the intergovernmental agreement—whilst it is referred to in the legislation and, as I understand it, has to be posted on the internet—is, in fact, not an appendix to the bill. I am wondering in what way the inclusion of objects, as proposed, might damage or in any way cause uncertainty in relation to the interpretation of the legislation.